This Nutty Buddy smoothie tastes like a chocolate peanut butter cup, but it’s completely nut-free and has no added sugar! It’s packed with nutrients but tastes just like dessert.
Does anyone else feel like they’re cleaning so many dishes during quarantine? Jimmy and I both worked from home already, but I swear we had less dishes. I’ve been snacking regularly (could be the problem), so I’ve been craving a easy, healthy, minimal cleanup snack to eat during work.
Enter the Nutty Buddy smoothie, one of my tried and true favorite smoothie recipes I created years ago. I love quickly throwing together the ingredients in a blender vs. cooking and prepping something.
This smoothie gives me raw peanut butter cup vibes, except there’s no added sugar, no nuts, AND it has spinach and spirulina. Instead of reaching for chocolate, I’ve been making this smoothie on repeat. It’s packed with nutrients for sustainable energy to avoid that afternoon slump.
If you haven’t tried a green smoothie yet and are worried about the taste, don’t be! That’s how I first started introducing veggies years ago. If that’s the case, I recommend trying the smoothie without the spirulina, and then slowly adding it in. The frozen banana and sunflower seed butter cover up the greens nicely.
THIS RECIPE IS:
- vegan + vegetarian
- refined sugar-free
Tools + Ingredients:
- Maca powder
- Cacao powder
- Vanilla extract
- Coconut milk
- Sunflower seed butter
You can use any nut or seed butter, such as almond butter or cashew butter.
Nope! It will be slightly different, but you could definitely create it without the extra superfood powders.
Sure! You can use almond, cashew, macadamia… it will taste a bit different depending on the milk, but it should be minor.
Nutty Buddy Smoothie
- 1 cup coconut milk unsweetened
- 1 banana frozen
- 1 cup spinach fresh
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp maca powder
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tsp spirulina optional
- 1 tbsp sunflower seed butter unsweetened
- Combine ingredients in blender and blend on high until fully mixed (I recommend blending the spinach and milk first, then adding the rest of the ingredients).
- Depending on your blender, you may need to add more milk or water.
- You can substitute with any plant-based milk.
- Serving size is for 1 person, but sometimes we split this between 2 people as a snack.
- You can use any nut or seed butter, such as almond butter or cashew butter.
- Topping ideas: granola, cacao nibs, cinnamon